Fruitvale Station Film Review

fruitvale_station_xlgYesterday, the Cashmere team had the privilege of attending the screening of Fruitvale Station. The film was based on a true story about Oscar Grant, an innocent 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officer on New Years' Eve in 2009.Needless to say, based upon the film's premise and having known the story prior to viewing the movie, we braced ourselves for a sad ending. What wasn't expected was the film's great effect on us as we left the theaters emotionally distraught with heavy hearts and our minds racing about the bigger issue at hand — gun control.The themes in the film hit home as they paralleled our recent No Guns Allowed: Disarming Violence in Our Community panel held during BET Experience 2013. The discussion, which included Ryan Coogler, director and writer of Fruitvale Station, as a panelist, addressed the pertinent issue of gun violence in our society.Oscar Grant's untimely death was just a mere example of the unfortunate occurrences in society due to the exploitation of gun use. Despite the movie's unfortunate ending, it sparked a ray a hope knowing that our community is working actively to spread awareness about the importance of ending senseless gun violence. #NoGunsAllowed.Check out Fruitvale Station, hitting select theaters on July 12th!–Bree (Twitter|Instagram)